Located in the South of Scotland, the Sweetheart Abbey was built in the 13th Century. Its story is about Lady Devorgilla founding this monastery in tribute to her late husband, her sweetheart... Today the ruins of the church are still standing.
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Founded in 1273, the Sweetheart Abbey (or in Latin Dulce Cor Abbey) was built in memory of John Balliol by his grieving widow Lady Dervorgilla.
Today remain the ruins of its church St Mary and some rocks delimiting the various rooms that used to surround it. The church tower still stands in the center of the church.
Sweetheart Abbey in video
Before sharing pictures, let's start with a short video to give you a feel for the place.
Access to Sweetheart Abbey
The Village of Newtown Abbey surround the ruins. The main road leads to a corn mill and has a lot of charms.
When you enter the site through the arch, the ticket booth is on your right.
Sweetheart Abbey - the outside
A lot of the St Mary church is still standing. The church was planned in the shape of a cross. As you can see the central bell tower is still standing as well as many of the arches. Whereas the rest of the monastery where the monks lived was destroyed.
The Tower reaches 28 meters (92 feet).
Below is the view from the parking lot:
And a view from the ticket booth.
This display from the site, shows what the monastery looked like in its full glory:
Sweetheart Abbey - the love story
This Cisterian Monastery was founded by Lady Deverogilla in memory of her late husband Lord John Balliol. When he died in 1268, she had his heart embalmed and placed in a special casket. She called it her "sweet, silent, companion". She buried her husband at the Sweetheart Abbey. When she died in 1289, she was too was buried there and the monks named the abbey Dulce Cor meaning Sweetheart.
Exploring the ruins
I must admit it was not my favorite abbey, I preferred the atmosphere of Melrose Abbey and the Grandiose of Jedburgh Abbey in the Borders (posts to be published). But the settings, the state of the Bell tower and the arches detailed made the exploring interesting. Here is a selection of pictures of Sweetheart Abbey:
Red sandstone and detailed work
Below are some more close-up photos to show you the charm of the red sandstone and the detailed work in the arches
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